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ABC
Jun 12, 2011 9:30am EDT
better. at a washington post report says pepco has a long way to go to catch up with standards. businesses and consumers still question whether pepco can handle the hot summer months without major outages. in the hot seat today, regional president. it is not easy to be the head of pepco regional these day. >> we are ready. we have made a tremendous commitment to improve service reliability over the next five years. we have spent millions of dollars in a commitment. we are doing many parts of our reliance accountability plan, including a lot of tree trimming. there are a lot of cables that have to be replaced and new technologies put on the system. very soon in the district and in maryland smart meters. we are going to replace 280,000 meters in the district. in maryland, which started in june and will finish in december 2012. >> you have your work cut out for you. you are a military kid who grew up in washington, d.c. do with the first eighth grade class at -- you were the first eighth grade class at a high school. 25 years at pepco. how did you rise up to get a top job? >> i h
CBS
Jun 2, 2011 12:00pm EDT
its goal. surae? >> reporter: well, the deadline has come and gone, j.c. no power yet. pepco has not given the word. they said they're going to start re-energizing the system but that could be minutes away from now. so, the clock has struck noon right now. pepco still here. they are feverishly trying to get things back online. pepco was able to turn the power on for about an hour last night. a bit of a tease after it went dark again. >> thank you, pepco. thank you, pepco. getting the house back cool and all of a sudden, it went back off. >> chad murphy was in the shower when it went dark last night. >> i was calling my wife. >> now his electric wheelchair is running on empty. >> it is showing full but it will go down to the yellow. i'm almost dead. >> kevin has been living in a hotel not able to get to his third floor apartment since monday. he was supposed to start work this week but his new job at the eeoc is also without power. pepco crews are feverishly working on the repairs. they had fixed it last night when other parts of the cable failed. >> i tried flipping on the lights
CBS
Jun 1, 2011 6:00pm EDT
residents who have been without power for a full day now. they are looking for answers from pepco so we took their concerns to the power company. matt jablow is joining us live from the southeast. what's going on, matt. >> reporter: the question is when will their power be restored? but there are several other questions. longer term questions for all pepco customers that need answers as well. a few dozen pepco workers are now braving the heat trying to restore service to 1500 northeast washington customers. both homes and businesses who have been in the dark for more than 24 hours. pepco says power should be fully restored by late tonight. >> no later than midnight. >> reporter: but even if that happens the outages raise several important questions. for starters, what exactly caused the outage? >> one of the feeders has a joint connector that blew. >> reporter: at least three underground feeders or cables failed. perhaps due in part to the extreme heat of the past few days. >> temperature around heat plays a part. >> reporter: which leads to the next question. does that outage suggest that i
NBC
Jun 2, 2011 6:00am EDT
faded quickly when the lights came on but went right back out. pepco says it's working on it. new information about pepco this morning. good morning. >> good morning. we do have a restoration time for these folks this morning. but also, we're hearing that right now, even though these people do not have power inside of their home, they're telling dc power and ems tell me they're comfortable, pretty much considering so much cooler, so much better this morning. the building behind me is a massive apartment building. no electricity. folks living without electricity for two days in this apartment building. going on the third day. take a look at the left, some people are taking to the metro bustles. 15 people sleeping on the metro bus to try to stay cool. fire and ems transports one person to the hospital. set up right outside of the apartment building. they've been here all night. they have a similar setup in 11:40 north capital and also on new jersey avenue. yesterday, folks who live in this area in the northwest suffered through extreme heat. businesses were closed, traffic lights we
CBS
Jun 22, 2011 4:30am EDT
, pepco ceo reveals its company's goals. now the statement is coming underfire. >> "american idol" based scientists are learning more about the not too distant planet, mercury. >> time for the united airlines travel cast. out of dulles, a little haze. mostly cloudy skies. temps running in the lower 70s and light southeast winds. thunderstorms are causing problems yesterday. once again this morning from pittsburgh over to chicago, we're looking at a threat for thunderstorms. chicago's high only 73 degrees. comfortable there. out west, another story. it is hot, it is dry. denver, sunny. 84. you want some serious heat go to the phoenix. 112. vegas, 110. l.a., only in the lower 70s. hot in reno at 94. san francisco is 71. seattle, 72. >> howard bernstein is here to tell us the forecast for the first full day of summer. >> hot, sticky, threat of thunderstorms. mike, you're a runner. my wife had to go inside on the treadmill. >> gotta do it in the morning. >> if you can't do it early, i know it is not the same as being out there. >> little tough yesterday. >> better safe than sorry. if you're
FOX
Jun 2, 2011 6:00pm EDT
of extreme heat, no power and pepco looked like it had all the problems fixed. for some customers, the electricity went back off and what is going on? >> reporter: this is a huge problem. government buildings shut down, the d.c. housing authority, a building in front of me and had power for a while and then it was out again. the same for the sibley plaza apartments for seniors and the disabled and that is on across the street. pepco is trying to get people back online and that is an incredible convenience. metro we'lled -- rolled out buses for people who could not take the conditions. it was dark, the city support people door-to-door to check on the elderly and handed out flashlights, people used candles, food went back bad in refriend raters, more than a dozen federal and local government offices had to be shut down. joining me live is pepco spokesman clay anderson. is it over yet? we have one problem here a cross the street with the folks at sibley, this occurred when we re-energized for the seconds time. the feeder is holding and the isolated incident due to secondary cables an
ABC
Jun 21, 2011 6:00pm EDT
improvements to the local power service. why pepco is having to explain a statement by its loss. >>> the summer solstice is here. your forecast is coming up after the break. >>> the nationals will start a series with the mariners downtown. what a day for circassian at wimbledon. serena williams chokes up and breaks down but she is back. that's coming up. >>> we continue with the story of a dispute over words about the future of pepco. >> there were given the bleak outlook on improving service after a number of recent prolonged outages. but we're getting a different story from a man who reportedly spoke those words. >> an article today stopped this woman in her tracks. >> that had to be a misquote, but if it is not, i feel sorry for customers. >> it is a quote from the ceos saying the company is not shooting for average performance. but it was not the customers who were most stunned by the comment. >> if that had been what i communicated i suggest the meeting would still be going on. >> he says that's not at all what he said during his meeting. he made remarks about
ABC
Jun 1, 2011 12:00pm EDT
much coming up. >>> it is even worse for thousands of residents who woke up today with no power. pepco is reported around 2000 customers in the dark and that is causing schools and businesses to shut down jummy olabanji is live in northeast with more. >> as you mentioned pepco has been working all day long to restore power to much of this area in northeast along capitol street. the federal energy building behind me has been dark all day long. no one is at work today and pepco says they may not have the power restored until later on this evening. >> ooh, terrible. >> d.c. fire and ems trucks lined the sidewalks in front this apartment building on capitol street. diane mathews and other residents have been without power since yesterday. >> it is pot no air, no electricity dark, dreary, and hot. >> people have been using so much electricity this week that pepco says power lines and power grids are overwhelmed. the light her out here in d.c. community college. >> i stayed up all my studying for a test and now i am mad because i could have not studied yesterday and i could have steady today
ABC
Jun 2, 2011 12:00pm EDT
hour. i will step away so you can see that the pepco crews are out trying to restore the power. people out here cannot wait for that to happen. >> it is like hell, and i have never been there before. >> residents of this bloc are sick and tired of being hot and sweaty. the power has been out since tuesday. pepco crews have been working around the clock to fix a faulty electrical problem that affects thousands of residents and businesses without power light and air conditioning on what has been one of the hottest days of the year. >> they keep saying tomorrow. tomorrow is not here yet. >> the power came back on that night. residents celebrated, but the celebration was short. >> by the time i was ready to come in, it was off. >> we found some new problems that we had to shut it down again for. that is where we are now. >> businesses, schools, and residences remain in the dark. city and federal buildings and schools are without power. pepco appreciate the patience. >> hopefully, we will not be back here this summer. >> pepco says they hope to have the majority of people here up and runnin
FOX
Jun 2, 2011 6:00am EDT
>>> pepco catching heat for more outages. >> the power out again this morning. there are some closings to report this morning because of the outage. and pepco telling everybody it could be at least another few hours or so before things are up and running. >>> the latest out of the investigates into the death of a 12-year-old girl. what police are focusing on now. fox 5 morning news continues right now. what -- >>> good morning. it is thursday, june 2nd. thank you for waking up with fox 5 morning news. i'm sarah simmons. >> i'm steve chenevey. very briefly the power came back on in the district and now it is out gun to hundreds of homes and buildings. pepco hoping to have service restored by noon today. be prepared for government and office closings. right now the only closing we have is care first union center plaza offices which are shut down. >>> we are watch august developing story out of massachusetts where a state of emergency has been declared after tornadoes tore through several communities there yesterday. at least four people are dead and massachusetts normally sees o
CBS
Jun 2, 2011 6:00am EDT
straight day with no power. >> yesterday evening, pepco thought it had fixed the main outage problem but that has since changed. the power went off again before 11:00 p.m. crews are trying to restore service once again. surae chinn joins us live from one of the key trouble spots on the progress. good morning, surae. >> good morning to both of you. it has been a long two days. pepco workers are feverishly trying to get people back online. you can see them working right here at first and m streets northeast. and they're still working around the clock here. we went to a cooling shelter and we just shot this moments ago. so people could get some relief. red cross set up a shelter there on new jersey avenue. d.c. fire brought in a metrobus so people taking advantage of that. it feels a little better today but not much relief for the folks stuck inside. firefighters went door-to-door to check on the elderly and handicapped at tyler house apartments. where several hundred residents live. no electricity, no air conditioning and 90 degree temps. portable fans and a cooling center on the first
ABC
Jun 2, 2011 6:00am EDT
the only thing is the pepco power outage. that will affect some traffic signals in the area. metro rail is reporting normal service. looks good around the beltway. interstate travel looks decent. heavier volume just spotted. 270 is normal. looks good in virginia on 95. this is 270 headlights marching out of a germantown to get to rockville. now to news. >>> we begin with breaking news from frederick. one person died in an overnight house fire. flames broke out at around 3:30 this morning in the 800 block of east south street. the victim died at a hospital. another person is hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. a firefighter suffered minor injuries as well. there's no word on what caused the fire. >>> our other top story, more power outages. power was restored to a northeast d.c. neighborhood around 9:00 last night. >> two hours later after pepco gave the all clear the area plunged back into darkness. courtney robinson is on the scene with a look at how residents are holding up. >> the news is it is not going to be asked pot hot as the past two days. crews are on the scene tr
NBC
Jun 22, 2011 5:00pm EDT
under way, pepco is giving unprecedented access to its central control room. the power company is also talking about what it's done to prepare for whatever the summer may bring us. aaron gilchrist is here now with the story. aaron? >> jim, we were invited to watch some of a day-long drill where pepco tested its readiness for a major storm event. the drill tested several new processes and technologies that will be put into operation for the summer storm season. for the first time ever, pepco allowed camera into its control room in bethesda. it is the nerve center for pepco's maryland and d.c. operation. from this underground bunker, engineers can control the flow of electricity and monitor when storms impact the grid. but the coming storm season, the power company is centralizing its crisis management efforts. when a storm strikes, a team of managers will gather just above the control room. their job is logistics. across the hall, the communications effort. managing all of the info that goes to the public via the pepco call center, website and social media. the drill today knocks out po
FOX
Jun 2, 2011 10:00pm EDT
to her arrest. >>> power problems, pepco under fire yet again after hundreds had to endure this heatwave without the lights on and the ac going. find out who's fighting back tonight. good evening, everyone. i'm brian bolter. >> and i'm laura evans. we begin with a developing story in the district. prosecutors decided not to press charges after a man died after throwing a brick through a nightclub in northwest. ali ahmed mohammed's death was initially ruled a homicide. fox 5's wisdom martin is live with reaction from the victim's family. >> reporter: today the family met with the u.s. attorney's office early this morning to discuss the case and try to understand why the u.s. attorney's office not not moving forward in the -- was not moving forward. they say it was really difficult to understand all this especially initially when all this happened it was ruled a homicide, but when the medical examiner's report was released, that is no longer the case. >> it's just really hard to grasp how this could end up this way. >> reporter: mohammed'
FOX
Jun 3, 2011 5:00am EDT
in the middle of that record heat wave. pepco worked around the clock trying to fix some broken underground lines. the outage shut down man city and federal buildings and now city councilmember yvette alexander has questioned the public service commission launch an investigation into why so many pepco customers lost power. the d.c. people's council is also going after and pepco asking the psc to investigate the latest outages. >> this is the nation's capital. we have to have reliable service. what we want is a solution. this is not about blame. this is about let's come up with a collective, comprehensive solution to correct the problem. >> pepco blames the outage on a high demand for power along with equipment failure. >>> a loudoun county teacher is charged with public drunkenness and it allegedly happened while she was at school. a creighton county elementary school employee called to report that a teacher was under the influence of alcohol. the 4 #-year-old veteran teacher was not teaching in the classroom at the time. the school has not decided so far on any disciplinary action. >>> ano
CBS
Jun 21, 2011 5:00pm EDT
that claim. >>> we went one on wean with pepco's ceo and president as one of the region's major utilities remains under siege from critics and regulators over its poor rerequirement. rig by was quoted saying they aren't shooting for average reliability. scott broom sat down with rigby today for an explanation. >> mr. rigby was in rockville when he made that statement yesterday. today one on one with me, he explained there is a lot more to the story. >> this is going to be a long- term commitment. >> pepco president, joe rigby says pepco has a long way to go to put out of its ratings and he is shooting for way above average. >> for some reason, you know, i think that someone came away with an impression that we were shooting to be either below average or average. i can tell you that's not at all what the goal is. the goal is to be a top performer. >> pepco layed out a five-year plan to improve rerequirement from the bottom of 25% to becoming a top performer. rigby is careful not to predict exactly when the goal will be achieved. >> i don'tment it to take five years. i want it to take
NBC
Jun 1, 2011 6:00am EDT
should report to work at first street. pepco says it has isolated the problem and working to repair major damage to the system. >>> emergency responders concerned about getting to call because of fewer ambulances. d.c. firefighters association says a half dozen of basic life support transport units in the shop for repairs, creating a dangerous problem. that's 21% of the total fleet of 25. but the chief of the d.c. fire and ems say repairs are being made quickly. >> there's not as many ambulances as usual. >> at one point we were down 10. right now we're down 2. and the expectation is that in the next 60 minutes we will have those units back in service. >> firefighters association says some ambulances have air-conditioning problems. they say the units heat up, making it hotter inside the ambulance than outside, putting patients at risk. >>> our time 6:06. ecoli wrought break is spreading killing 16 people and leaving hundreds sick. . >>> nats in last place. how about the stadium? new ranking putting the major league ballparks against each other. >> already 79 degrees right now. the sun is
FOX
Jun 2, 2011 5:00am EDT
,000 pepco customers, the power came back on, briefly and now it is off again. they are without power once again as crews work to restore that service this morning. stacy cohan has the latest on what is going on there. >> reporter: good morning. thank goodness the weather is cooperating today. how frustrating. power was out tuesday for about 4 hours. power finally came back on last night and then power went right back off again within one hour of it being restored. here is the situation right now. there is a city block shut down here at first and m northeast as crews continue to work to try to get full rest ration of the power. what pepco says happened is they had some major units blow underground. it overtaxed the system. they thought they had the problem fixed but very leerily, they did not. a number of businesses have been affected as well as residents. if you work in this area, you need to make sure your business is open. there is a cooling center set up at the walter jones education campus and some people have been taking advantage of that cooling center. this has been very frustratin
ABC
Jun 1, 2011 6:00am EDT
-- not the only building dealing with being and in the dark this morning. according to pepco it is overwhelmed the power lines. power lines -- power is out at several large apartment complexes since yesterday. many of the residents who live there are disabled and were not able to use the elevators yesterday, which made getting outside for fresh air very difficult for them. extreme heat has hit services hard. yesterday, the city says that between it 10 of the 25 ambulances were out of service due to heat related issues. while it was tough to deal with, the fire chief says no residents were at risk. about an hour ago, we talked with pepco. about 4200 people were without power. at last check that number is around 3500. pepco is working to get the power restored. we are not sure when this building behind us will have their lights on. >>> try to stay cool out there. the space shuttle "endeavour" rides into the history books after an historic mission to the international space station. >> welcome home, "endeavour". >> the shuttle landed safely at kennedy space center few hours ago. it has more than
ABC
Jun 2, 2011 5:00am EDT
story, pepco's alarm. they finally turned the lights on 9:00 last night. >> neighbors were excited but about two hours of getting the all clear, the area darkness.to >> courtney robinson is on the scene with how people who live are holding up. it is not cool enough to not have air-conditioning. >> that is right. is cooler this morning but toperatures have started up.p back going to be hot. we are still in the dark this morning. scene trying to back to all of these residents and businesses. a a least until noon. >> i am hungry and tired. i want to go to sleep. cracks in the dark ended the heat. >> i am irritated. i want to cry. >> for almost two days, people -- living here have been conditioning as temperatures go into the 90's. it has affected dozens of federal governments, forcing them to close. >> i cannot afford to keep forth to getand an apartment. i do not have that. >> we're also dealing with many closures along first street. and mclosed between l streets. we have the police and fire department on hand. cooling center that avenue at new jersey the educational campus. resident
FOX
Jun 1, 2011 11:00pm EDT
came back on tonight just before the midnight deadline that pepco set for itself. but then it's back off again. what's the deal with this? will thomas is live in the northeast neighborhood. what's going on? >> reporter: pepco says the power was restored at 9:00 tonight, brian. we didn't see the lights go on until the middle of our live shot at 10:00 and guess what, it looks like some of the power has gone off again. the majority of the customers in this building right behind me, hundreds and hundreds of units in there, just moments ago before we came onto the news edge, the lights went off again. there was a sigh of relief. let me roll you that sound right now. >> well i was happy because i was about to go over to a girlfriend's house and sleep over there tonight, but it's been frustrating. you know, i stayed here last night, had to leave down the hall with flash lights and stuff like that. >> difficult. difficult. it was past difficult. it was really past difficult. i mean, we was like, ooh, it was like i don't ever want to go through it again. >> reporter: well, as you can imagine,
NBC
Jun 2, 2011 5:00pm EDT
. >>> the air conditioning is back on in downtown d.c. pepco says the sweltering temps were too much for the underground wires to handle and that caused a power outage over the past few days. chris gored son live in northeast where the pepco crews are still making some repairs. chris? >> well, we're on first street northeast and they're still replacing underground cable. they're making these repairs and although they are temporary, they felt that they were good enough this afternoon to turn the power back on. this resident was dancing for joy. that's how happy she is to get power back here at the tyler house on north capital street after 48 hours without lights, air-conditioning and hot water. >> i am so glad because it has been two hard, hard days of heat, no food. we do have water, but it's been miserable! >> reporter: families returned to their apartments hoping things would get back to normal after two-day disruption. down the block at the sibley plaza apartments which houses elderly and disabled people power came on a little later. some residents were still sitting on cooling bu
FOX
Jun 21, 2011 6:00am EDT
service in the next two years. the washington examiner reports joe rigby, the ceo of pepco's parent company, says he doesn't think pepco can become a top performing utility in the next two or three years. you can sound off on our facebook fan passenger about that. look for fox 5 morning news. go ahead and post your comment there on the facebook page and we'll share some of those comments later this hour. >>> a big change coming to cigarette packaging and the government hopes it will help convince more people to quit. >>> the supreme court sides with wal-mart throwing out aender discrimination case against the world's largest retailer. we'll have more on what it could mean to future cases like this.  >>> making headlines this morning. a plane breaks up and catches on fire while trying to land on a highway in northern russia. forty-four people died in the overnight crash. amazingly, eight people survived including a 10-year- old. russian officials say high intensity airport lights were not working creghtly and the plane tried to land in heavy fog and rain. ex
CBS
Jun 22, 2011 5:00pm EDT
. >> took it into her own hands. >>> coming up next and new at 5:30 p.m. big promises from pepco. the utility saying its customers can expect better the next time their power goes out. we will take you inside their underground command center. >>> a group of teenagers given a camaro and they take it apart and learn all kinds of things about science, technology and math. i'm bruce leshan. an amazing local program coming up. >> 9news now is sponsored in part by your washington area hyundai dealers. [ female announcer ] keurig brews more than just hot coffee. now you can brew over ice for delicious iced coffee or tea. hot or cold, keurig is the way to brew everyone's favorite cup in under a minute. choose. brew. enjoy. keurig. >>> new at 5:30. a microscope on pepco as they tested its readiness for the next violent weather and outages that are sure to come. customers are just sick of losing their power. scott broom got a ware look inside pepco's control center. what did you see? >> reporter: remarkable place. eight stories underground. it was built during the cold war era it is a plac
NBC
Jun 22, 2011 6:00pm EDT
. >>> pepco tested its readiness for a major storm event and allowed the media to watch. >>> and we'll show you the owners of a dog who finally figured out that maybe, maybe that dog needs to go on a diet. >>> coming up in sports, the nationals find an unlikely hero >>> back to our top story now. sources tell news4 that the man behind last week's pentagon security scare is now linked to shootings at military facilities across our region. >> jackie bensen is at the suspect's home now, in the kingston section of fairfax county. we've got more details on this. jackie? >> reporter: jim, we understand that it was ballistics evidence taken from the suspect's vehicle, which was found near the pentagon, and his home that led to the link to these crimes last fall, where a number of military targets around northern virginia, including the national museum of the marine corps in triangle, basically had pot shots taken at them. no one was injured. now, yonathan melaku sparked a security friday after u.s. park police saw him in arlington national cemetery. authorities found his red nissan truck parked in
ABC
Jun 1, 2011 5:00am EDT
this morning. pepco says it is because of the extreme heat. people have been using so much -- air conditioning that it overlying -- overpowered the power lines. on north capitol street since yesterday. many of the residents are disabled and were not able to use the elevators to get out for fresh air yesterday. it makes it very difficult for them. the extreme heat has made city services hard. yesterday, the fire chief in the district says 10 of the 25 ambulances were without service. while that was tough, the fire chief it does say that at no time were residence at risk. pepco says 4200 people around the district are without power but they are working throughout the night and throughout the morning to try to get the power restored to everyone. >>> hopefully they get that a.c. cranking again. the space shuttle "endeavour" returned to earth for the final time after an historic mission to the international space station. >> welcome home, "endeavour". >> "endeavour" landed safely at kennedy space center just after 2:30 this morning. it flew more than 123 million miles a since it was first launched.
FOX
Jun 1, 2011 6:00pm EDT
to more than 1500 pepco customers. they lost their power yesterday and are still copping at this hour and most outals in the northwest and the pepco crews are trying to fix the problem that is traced to broken feeder lines. pepco hoping to get the power restored by midnight. >>> we have new details about the thaw from the multibreathe -- faulty breathalyzer machines. the testimony vevideo -- revealed drunk drivingraphys are down in the district. 42% they're being used to measure a driver's blood alcohol level is completely unrea lable -- inreliable and paul wagner has the latest. >> reporter: the district's chief toxicologist testified the europe sampled take know by police are not reliable enough to measure a person's plead alcohol cotent. the results can fluctuate 40% either way. despite that, the deputy attorney said the results are offered as evident in court and people are being prosecuted. the district of columbia abandoned the use of the breathalyzer machines last february when questions were raised about their accuracy. and officers were told instead to collect europe samples.
CBS
Jun 1, 2011 12:00pm EDT
.c. government agencies... the departments of... >>> pepco is working to restore power to the area. the utility provider had three underground cables fail near the intersection of first and pierce streets. pepco believes that the hot weather certainly was a factor. >> well, it looks like it definitely was heat. yesterday with temperatures soaring close to the mid to upper 90s, the underground like it does above ground, our equipment expands and when it does expand, the cables expand as well. you start to get situations where you will have faults. >> pepco officials hope to have power restored by this evening. >>> montgomery county police have been careful about the information that they're giving out. about a girl that they found dead in the gaithersburg townhome. police found her in the raven avenue home in gaithersburg last night. while it has not been ruled a homicide, police are treating it that way. surae chinn reports from the townhome now being treated as a crime scene. >> reporter: a tragic mystery as police stand guard watching over the townhome, surrounded by yellow tape. people here
CBS
Jun 2, 2011 7:00pm EDT
because of this. >> well, the off again and the off again stories of thousands of pepco customers and their power has a happy ending tonight, at least for the most part. and they began two days ago when several underground cables went bad in the northeast. and the lights were back on for about an hour late last night, but then the power was lost again. and well finally, around 2:00 this afternoon, the electricity was restored and according to pepco for good this time. >> can you tell me what happened yesterday that they came on briefly and then back off? >> we have restored service, we experienced another fault on the cable. the service went back down through the evening, continuing to work during the service hours, bringing them back up. >>> now, according to pepco, one large apartment building and two large office buildings in northeast dc are still in the dark. they should have the power on early this evening. well, you think you have a great idea to save the commonwealth some cash? if you are the virginia state employee, the governor wants to hear about it. he is challenging t
CBS
Jun 22, 2011 7:00pm EDT
and computers and servers. >> i'm scott broom in bethesda where pepco promised this storm system today customer service will be a lot better. >> once there is a prediction of a major event. >> reporter: today a drill here if he operation center as 500 pepco workers were called in to handle a simulated summer storm that knocked a quarter million imaginary customers offline. >> you'll need materials, you'll need food. >> reporter: new this season 40 additional customer service reps and more phone lines. next month mobile phone apps will be out for tech savvy customers to report outages online rather than on the phone. pepco's website will allow you to do the same for the first time. >> you don't have to call in. >> sure feels like a soupy sort of day where it might help them pop up. can we get the spring back? >> maybe over the weekend we can. but right now a little bit on the soupy side. no storms on live doppler which is great news if you're going to go to the ballgame tonight or going to a u2 concert. >> a couple storms south of us but by and large getting hammered in new england. for tonight,
NBC
Jun 2, 2011 5:00am EDT
extreme heat. hotels were dark, businesses were closed, traffic lights were out. all as pepco tried to restore the theater lines that went out underground on tuesday in the peak of the record-breaking streak of hot days we've been having here. some residents took to buses, to cooling centers to cool off. others waited on the street for a cool breeze. >> for the elderly and dispayabdisabled because most of them are on respirators. >> a lot of people sat outside all night long and all day. >> yes. >> all my food has gone bad in my freezer. i just went grocery shopping. >> pepco is saying they're expecting complete restoration by thursday. as we mentioned before, they did have the power up last night back on for about an hour before the lines went out again. and folks are back in the dark again. dc fire and ems tell me this morning that folks inside this building are telling them they're feeling much better now and more comfortable inside of the building because we've got that rain, it's cooler this morning. it's all helping out. tracee wilkins live this morning in northwest. back to y
NBC
Jun 2, 2011 4:00pm EDT
, are still without electricity. the recent sweltering temperatures, pepco says, were just too much for some underground wires to handle causing the power interruption. news 4's megan mcgrath has more from northeast. >> this is some of the duct that the cable was in so you can smell that. this is burned. >> reporter: extreme heat and extreme demand for power due to the heat wave been it proved to be too much for these pepco feeder cables. crews have been working around the clock to restore electricity and they got it back on briefly wednesday night, but then it went out again. >> it came back on for, like, an hour yesterday and today, i was, like, okay, i'm going to charge my phone, and i was flipping on the lights and i was, like, no! >> reporter: six blocks in the area of first and pierce street in northeast. neighborhood restaurants are closed. the hilton garden inn was forced to relocate guests to a different hotel. >> it's been crazy. we're waiting and we keep getting updates and they keep saying it will be at midnight and it will be at noon. it's not happening. >> also closed. several
FOX
Jun 1, 2011 5:00pm EDT
enduring the past day without power or air conditioning and that is what more than 1500 pepco customers are dealing with. karen gray houston is live at a cooling station in northeast. what is the latest on the efforts to restore a power? >> reporter: pepco said that they're working around the clock, hopefully they don't have to work 24 more hours. where we are, they have signs posted out here at the cooling center and the american red cross, the department of human services to let people know they can come inside. this is the walter jones education complex, a school, rec center and library. people have been trickling in and out all day log, they come in here and chill out and get water and some snacks. this is day 3 of sweltering temperatures. the heat wave is relentless. and -- >> yes, very hot. >> reporter: that is the least of it. firefighter his a presence overnight at some apartments for seniors and the disabled on north capitol street and they were going door-to-door. >> and had some units here two hours ago and some started complaining of bein
FOX
Jun 21, 2011 9:00am EDT
president obama. >>> another big story this hour, pepco disputing claims made in an article in the washington examiner. the newspaper quoted pepco's ceo as saying that the utility company won't be a top performing utility in the next few years and they are not even shooting for average. fox 5's stacy cohan is in the fuse room-- in the news room with the developing statements. >> reporter: ceo of pepco joe bigby said it was taken out of context and he said, i'm not sure what the reporter had on her mind. ribgy told montgomery county council he doesn't think pepco can become a top performing utility in the next two or three years and he was quoted as saying he's not even shooting for average. but the man in charge of pepco has a very different version of the exchange with montgomery council members. >> i was really disappointed and frankly more than a bit surprised by the article. we had a great 60-90 minute meeting with the council yesterday. i think the quote was totally taken out of context. i'm not quite sure what the reporter had on her mind. the dialogue i had with coun
ABC
Jun 2, 2011 4:30am EDT
tuesday. pepco restore power last site but two hours later they were back in the dark. crews are working to get the electricity back on. it could still be hours. >> police ruled the death of a growing homicide. so far no one has been arrested. jessica was found dead tuesday night inside her home on raven ave. she was a straight a student at her middle school. neighbors heard screams at around 7:00 third it -- thursday tuesday night. the they found her body in the basement. >> they need to find justice for the curb. this would be the last place for that to happen. >> she is not there to be my friend anymore. i miss her a lot. >> police say the little girl had trauma to her upper body. they will not say anything more. >>> looking now at the day ahead. a man suspected of a murder of a d.c. principal faces sentencing. he pleaded guilty to robbery and a hand in charge. he and three other men were suspected of killing the man. that is the former principal at the middle school. he was found murdered last year in his home. >>> everything has got to go. the military is looking to get rid of equip
Univision
Jun 6, 2011 6:00pm EDT
... las autoridades dicen que es el ultimo cambio antes de la conclusion de las actuales obras que pepco nuevamente es punto de criticas... ya que apocos dias de que mil oficina de obras publicas de washington carece de reglamentos que penalizen a la compania con fuertes y hablando de apagones, una lla interrupcion de servicio elico en mil donegocios de bethesda... el desperfecto se reporto ayer poco antes de las once y media de la na... las cuadrillas de de pepco encontraron los restos de la ardilla electrocutada en la subestacion de bethesda, lo que provoco la interrupcion.. estos hechos no son raros, pues en prince georges mas se n sin luz el domingo de pascua luego que una serpiente decidio colarse en escententren su vehiculo se encuentra tras las rejas.. jose mejia ulloa de 41 años, residente de herndon, quizo persuadir al menor sobre la cuadra 45mil quinientos de la severn way en sterling... la policia investigo y dio con el sujeto quien enfrenta cargos por contribuir a las autoridades buscan a un homu propia vivienel choque de dos al sistema de transportes metro en el sureste de
Univision
Jun 21, 2011 6:00pm EDT
... la compania pepco continua sus argumentos de que esta haciendo lo suficiente para mejorar su fiabilidad en casos de apagones masivos.... durante una audiencia en baltimore, el vice presidente de pepco dijo a la comision de servicios publicos de maryland que la compania continua realizando mejoras... el presidente de pepto tambien dijo a miembros del concejo municipal del condado de montgomery que continuan progresando en las seis areas que consideran los residentes de virginia pronto pagaran mas por el servicio electrico... dominion lares con 86 centavos luego de un año, el increm sonia sotomayor hablo hoy de sus experiencias personales ante ninos diabeticos... la razon por la cual la primera latina en llegar al maximo tribunal de justicia del pais se reunio con los menores en un salon de baile en washington fue para garantizarles que el mal que comparten no es impedimento para que hagan lo que deseen... sotomayor dijo que tiene el trabajo de sus suenos y que enfrentar la enfermedad se le volvio un habito... la jueza se inyecta insulina de cuatro a seis vecl dia para contr
ABC
Jun 1, 2011 5:00pm EDT
they will be sweating it out there. >> 1500 customers remain without power tonight. pepco is working to replace a second cable has failed in the last 24 hours. the expectation is customers in this area will have their power back on by midnight. with temperatures in the '90s and no air conditioning residents tried to cool down in the shade. the emergency lights fail through a high-rise, leaving tenants in the heat and in the dark. >> you can't go and halls because it's so dark. i'm hungry and tired and i want to go to sleep. >> firefighters were deployed to check on the welfare of the tenants. one woman was worried about her two children. >> i'm irritated. i want to cry. i can't wait for this to be over with. >> pepco tried to make the necessary repairs to get the power back on. some got to work this morning to find the lights out. >> i got out of the car just to see and the security guard said the building was closed. >> the outage affected nearly a dozen federal and d.c. government offices like court services and health department. this woman came to get a problem with her son's
NBC
Jun 1, 2011 11:00pm EDT
. pepco said the lights would be on midnight at north capital. imagine their surprise at 9:00 when the lights start coming back on. show you something. you take a look. you probably can't seep it very well. the building we have been using as a gaj throuuge throughout th evening. it is pitch black again. in the last, 15 minutes. the lights went back out. it was too hot outside to go inside. so many here in the 1200 block of north capital sweat on their balconie balconies. vindetta murphy navigated stairs to tell us why she was worried? >> most are on respirators and stuff like that. >> very hot, my man. very, very hot. you know, it's ridiculous. you have got elderly, disabled. couple of babies in there. you know. don't make no sense. >> at another high rise across the street. more of the powerless and frustrated. >> a lot of people, all night long. >> all day. >> all day. is was hot. extremely hot. all of my food has gone bad in my freezer. i just went grocery shopping. >> reporter: government and businesses were hurt too. several december dels buildings had to shut down. nearby res
NBC
Jun 23, 2011 4:30am EDT
as the first overall pick. >>> and we are entering the summer storm season and pepco says it's more prepared. the power company held its annual storm drill. this is pepco's control room in bethesda that you're looking at. the underground bunker is the nerve center of power distribution and transmission for the d.c. and maryland area. engineers react immediately when the major storms affect the power grid. pepco says customers will see better communication now. >> you've got the first level of damage assessment done, and within six hours will be publishing etr, this is when we expect the last customer to be restored. >> pepco says speeding up damage assessment and restoring power remain top priorities. >>> the job market is tough. new labor department numbers show summer job prospects are bleak for teenagers. they estimate 75% of teens won't get a job. part of the problem, the number of temporary jobs at libraries, parks and pools are down, because of slashed budgets. tough times, indeed. >> 4:51 just about right now. time to take another look at weather. >> and tom is here to tell us about t
FOX
Jun 2, 2011 4:25am EDT
. there you go. cooler, less humid, 86 your daytime high. back to you. >> thank you. >>> more than 2,000 pepco customers are wait for the electricity to come back on. the be two is two underground feeder lines became damaged. they expect it will be at least noon today before service is restored. >>> there has now been an arrest in the shooting death of 15-year-old isaiah harris. he is the youngest murder victim in the city so far this year. last night, police arrested a 26-year-old man and sourced tell fox 5 harris was not the intended target and his shooting was a case of mistaken identity. >>> a ruling on the cause of death of a 1-year-old gaithersburg girl could come any time now. jessica nguyen was found dead in the basement of her town home. at this point, investigators will only say that her body showed signs of trauma. >>> speaking out to save their neighborhoods from being torn apart. it is an issue that many who live on capitol hill are very passionate b a new redistricting map would move thousands out of ward six and into ward seven. matt ackland has the latest. >> reporter: it all b
FOX
Jun 2, 2011 11:00pm EDT
started three days ago, the worst part, it happened during record breaking heat. pepco worked around the clock trying to fix some of the broken underground lines. the outage shut down many is he city and federal office buildings -- many city and federal office buildings. now yvette alexander council member has ordered an investigation be launched into why there was power lost. >> there will be fines up to $100,000 per incident. i think that will put pepco on their toes. >> d.c.'s people's council is going after pepco. pepco blames the outage on awe high power demand along with equipment -- a high power demand along with equipment failure. >>> mitt romney announced today he's running for president. laura evans is everywhere at 11:00. >> romney attacked president obama's record on the economy today saying he will use his business experience to revive the economy and balance the budget. this is romney's second white house campaign. he joined a crowded field of candidates including newt gingrich, ron paul, tim pawlenty and herman cain. >>> a private meeting on the debt crisis on capitol
NBC
Jun 1, 2011 6:00pm EDT
of northwest and northeast d.c. tonight. pepco customers and apartment buildings there and in office buildings lost power yesterday. people have been stuck without air-conditioning now during this awful heat. chris gordon is on north capital street now with more on whether the power might finally be restored. chris? >> reporter: well, the latest development is that the traffic signal here at north capital and m just went out. the pepco power outage hit yesterday afternoon, but it took a long time to find because it was underground. pepco is still working on leaving a lot of people hot and bothered and if you look over there at that building you will see a lot of d.c. fire emergency personnel and equipment still on the scene to help. their car had air-conditioning. their apartment didn't, so they sat in the car with their 3-year-old son trying to keep cool. >> reporter: why are you out in the car? >> ac to keep cool. >> reporter: so you're going to stay in the car? >> we'll stay in the car, basically. yeah. >> reporter: about 1500 residents in the tyler house and sibley plaza located north -- p
NBC
Jun 14, 2011 11:00am EDT
. at the height of the outage, more than 1,000 pepco customers were in the dark. more than 400 still don't have lights on right now. news 4's tracee wilkins is in kensington where residents are asking why? >> reporter: yeah, more power issues this morning. you know, it's one of the most beautiful days that we've seen in a while. it's not too hot, it's not too cold, yet. there were hundreds of pepco customers without power this morning, for various reasons. here was one of them, right here in kensington. take a look here behind me. you can see pepco crews are working to get that limb off of that power line. they believe that what happened is that this limb was resting on the line and possibly rubbed off some of the installation there and then caused an issue and that possibly there was a short. now, let me walk you around this way and show you. here, we've got the fuse, but they believe instead of that fuse being tripped and then power just going out for folks on this street, crews are saying that it possibly caused another issue where this entire feeder tripped, and that's why now we have 250 p
CBS
Jun 2, 2011 5:00am EDT
to you. >> thank you, angie. about eight hours ago, pepco thought its main power outage problem had been fixed. >> things have changed drastically because the cables the crews thought they had repaired failed again. surae chinn joins us live from one. the key trouble spots. oh, my goodness, surae. >> reporter: here we go again. i'll tell you it feels a little better this morning. a little comfort for those suffering in the dark. check it out. bright lights here. that's because a big, huge generator is working overtime. but we walk across the street, it is dark. i will tell you just over across there, crews are working underground to repair these lines. but their target date was midnight. that has come and gone and it didn't happ. happen. >> firefighters went door-to- door to check on the elderly at tyler house apartment where is several hundred residents live. no electricity, no air conditioning and 90 degree temps. portable fans and a cooling center on the first floor provided some relief but with the elevator out, some can't come down or refuse to leave the eight story building. reside
FOX
Jun 2, 2011 7:00am EDT
frustrating. right now pepco is working to restore service to the area. and stacy cohan is live in northeast. >> reporter: the pepco crews have been out here overnight. we arrived around 4:00 this morning and they were here in force. you can see behind me they have the road closed at 1st and m. street. and traffic cones out there, they are still planning on getting the power restored by midday. here is what happened. on tuesday they had a failure in their grid underground. that is when the heat wave began. there was a surge in need. the load was something the system could not handle. pepco worked to restore it for 24 hours, had the power back on yesterday for about an hour at around just after 9:00 last night and that's when the system crashed again. i asked pepco how they are doing on the repairs so far and he said -- a spokesperson told me he thinks they have a good handle on the problem. >> we have new robust cable that is lining ac, along the en of pierce street northeast. we're going to re-establish that cable and reconnect it to existing underground and test and retest and hit the swit
NBC
Jun 2, 2011 6:00pm EDT
like wednesday night when pepco restored power for about an hour only to lose it again because of a new outage. >> this is some of the duct that the cable was in. so you can smell that. this is burned. >> reporter: pepco crews replaced burned, underground cable and by noon, pepco president tom graham office site to look over the repairs himself. >> you can't guarantee 100% service is never going go out. we have tremendous infrastructure that we have a responsibility for managing. will interruptions take place? yes, they will take place. will we respond to them quickly? >> absolutely. >> reporter: pepco is set to restore power in phases. harris teeter stayed open thanks to the large generator it brought in tuesday. potbelly informed customers that they remained closed and the resident of flats 130 were eager to get their power back. >> it's been really difficult because we have two cats and a dog in there and trying to keep them in a 600 square foot apartment with these kind of temperatures has been really hard. >> reporter: d.c. council member is calling for an investigation by the publ
FOX
Jun 1, 2011 6:00am EDT
everybody cranking the ac and the fans. the high heat has led to problems for pepco. and those who have pepco as a service provider. the utility suffered underground failures which has caused thousands of people here in d.c. and maryland to lose power, mostly in northeast d.c. right now, about 3600 customers have no power. pepco says it spent all night searching about 40 manholes over miles of streets to find the faults. the federal energy regulatory commission headquarters building is closed because they have no power. hello, pepco. only emergency personnel who have already been contacted should come to work. let's check with julie now with a look at traffic. >> we are starting off talking about southbound i-95 at the exit ramp for route 100. we had reports of a tractor- trailer that was stuck on the ramp blocking the westbound commute onto route 100. the load has shifted. the lane of 95 remain opens you guys continue from baltimore headed down towards d.c. no problems reported out of hyattstown headed out to urbana. the stalled truck we had earlier
FOX
Jun 1, 2011 10:00pm EDT
in this heat wave. pepco says about 2300 customers are waiting for the electricity to come back on. the company hopes to have the power restored by midnight. fox 5's will thomas live in the northeast at an apartment complex where residents have had just about enough of this, will. >> you certainly have taken exactly their sentiment and put it into words at the top of our broadcast, brian. that's exactly what we're hearing and sometimes not quite as polite as what you just said. i do have potentially some good news, and it's this. literally moments ago, some of the dc government office buildings in this affected area have been turned back on. a pepco worker moments ago said the work they were doing over there has been completed and it's good to go. let me tell you about this place. it's called tyler house. hundreds of units. these people have been affected without power. these are the hundreds, if not thousands of people, that have been waiting. you have hundreds of customers, depending on how many people are in each unit and you can sort of do the math. they are frustrated. dc fire and ems tran
FOX
Jun 2, 2011 9:00am EDT
in the district. the lights did come back on briefly last night. then they went out again. >> right now pepco's website is reporting more than 2,000 customers without electricity. when can we expect to see it restored this time? stacy cohan is live in northeast washington with an update. good morning, stacy. >> reporter: oh, i always answer that question very tentatively when we are speaking about power outages. i can tell you what pepco said. and obviously it was difficult for people over the past few days. pepco is saying power will be restored by noon. but let me give you a history so you can digest what their current prediction is. for two days they've had power problems. it started with the heat wave and the surge of people using air-conditioning. they had a failure below ground here. i'm at first and m. street northeast and they went in to fix it. they thought it was fixed last night.and the power came on around 9:00 or 10:00 or it went out again. i can tell you they are here in full force trying to get the power back on. and i did speak with pepco spokesperson clay anderson and he prom
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